Partick Thistle 4
Ross County 0
League (Premiership)

Partick Thistle 

4 - 0

Ross County

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow. Att. 3,261
7:45 PM Kick-off

Stuart Bannigan (40)
Ben Frempah (og 55)
Gary Fraser (73)
Stephen O'Donnell (90+1)

Team Managers
Alan Archibald Derek Adams

Starting Eleven
Scott Fox
Stephen O'Donnell
Dan Seaborne
Conrad Balatoni
Stuart Bannigan
Ryan Stevenson
Steven Lawless
Kallum Higginbotham
Jordan McMillan
Abdul Osman
Gary Fraser
Antonio Reguero
Tim Dreesen .2
Scott Boyd .5
Jim Fenlon .19
Uros Celcer .3
Rocco Quinn .4
Graham Carey .23
Filip Kiss .10
Richard Brittain
Yoann Arquin .15
Jake Jervis .9

Aaron Muirhead
James Craigen
Kris Doolan
Christie Elliott
Declan McDaid
Dale Keenan
Paul Gallacher (GK)
Mark Brown .21
Ben Frempah .18
Jordi Balk .20
Melvin De Leeuw .11
Joe Cardle .7
Darren Maatsen .14
Liam Boyce .16

Christie Elliott for Kallum Higginbotham (69)
James Craigen for Stuart Bannigan (73)
Kris Doolan for Steven Lawless (81)
Ben Frempah for Scott Boyd (46)
Melvin De Leeuw for Graham Carey (61)
Joe Cardle for Yoann Arquin (62)

Kallum Higginbotham (19)
Stuart Bannigan (70)
Graham Carey
Melvin De Leeuw (70)
Tim Dreesen (78)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Partick Thistle won their first game of the season with an emphatic defeat of Premiership rivals Ross County at Firhill Stadium.

Stuart Bannigan swept home Kallum Higginbotham's pass before the break and Ben Frempah's second-half own goal doubled Thistle's lead.

Strikes by Gary Fraser and Stephen O'Donnell further emphasised the hosts' dominance.

County's best chance fell to Jake Jervis when the visitors had trailed 2-0, Scott Fox making a fine block.
manager Alan Archibald will be delighted with the three points in their opening Firhill encounter this term.

But they made up for lost time against a Ross County side who had already sustained a league defeat this term.

Defender Danny Seaborne was drafted straight into the Thistle line-up after joining this week on a two-year deal while fellow summer signings Ryan Stevenson and Abdul Osman also made debuts.

Higginbotham was a constant thorn in County's side and he went down when challenged by goalkeeper Antonio Reguero early on.

However, referee Andrew Dallas produced a yellow card and cautioned Higginbotham for diving.

Gary Fraser then turned a shot onto the post as Derek Adams' side continued to struggle against a determined Jags attack.

O'Donnell's cross was the catalyst for Thistle's second and he got on the scoresheet himself later on

After Jake Jervis had fired across the face of Thistle's goal, Higginbotham unlocked the County defence to set up Bannigan for the opener, the midfielder lashing the ball past Reguero.

The loss of a goal moved County into action and Rocco Quinn tested Fox before Graham Carey's strike skimmed the crossbar.

However, they fell further behind when O'Donnell's cross was turned in by Frempah, who had just come on to make his debut as a half-time replacement for Scott Boyd.

Jervis almost brought the Dingwall side back into the match but Fox saved impressively after the striker had hammered the ball towards goal.

A back heel by Stevenson set Thistle away on a sweeping move that ended with Fraser converting Elliot's pass.

And an angled drive by O'Donnell completed a comfortable victory for the Firhill side..

Squad Statistics (as at August 13th, 2014)

2014/15 All Time
Antonio Reguero (GK)32 2 - 2 -
Uros Celcer25 2 - 2 -
Jim Fenlon20 2 - 2 -
Scott Boyd28 2 - 25512
Tim Dreesen27 2 - 2 -
Rocco Quinn27 2 - 9911
Richard Brittain30 2 - 24750
Filip Kiss23 2 - 196
Graham Carey25 2 - 403
Jake Jervis22 2121
Yoann Arquin26 2 - 184
Ben Frempah (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Melvin De Leeuw (sub)26 2 - 379
Joe Cardle (sub)27 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at August 13th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.